Explores the biblical wisdom books anew through the interpretive lens of wonder
This book offers a fresh reading of Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes with a distinctive emphasis on "wonder" as the framework for understanding biblical wisdom. William Brown argues that wonder effectively integrates biblical wisdom's emphasis on character formation and its outlook on creation, breaking an impasse that has plagued recent wisdom studies.
An extensive revision and expansion of Brown's Character in Crisis, Wisdom's Wonder demonstrates that the Bible's wisdom books are much more than simply advice literature: with wonder as the foundation for understanding, Brown maintains, wisdom is a dynamic process with transformation of the self as the goal.
Using wonder as the interpretive clue, Bill Brown deftly juxtaposes the formation of character by Israel's sages with the awe-inspiring universe in which that frequently disorienting process of education took place. In this way, he explores in amazing detail the richness and diversity of Proverbs, the book of Job, and Ecclesiastes.
-James L. Crenshaw,
This book is no mere 'second edition' of William Brown's earlier Character in Crisis. While bits and pieces of that book remain, the whole has been completely reenvisioned: character is here combined with creation under the rubric of wonder. In the process, Brown has reconceived the very nature of wisdom itself as 'fear seeking understanding.' In bravely rethinking both his own project and wisdom more broadly, Brown not only discusses the sages but proves that he himself is one.
-Brent A. Strawn,
Have a question about this product? Ask us here.